Tigers in Virginia zoo test positive for COVID-19


At the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, two tigers have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two tigers, Osceola and Stubbey, first started showing symptoms last week. They were mild respiratory symptoms like wheezing and dry cough.

A third tiger is also developing symptoms.

There is no risk to humans and all the tigers have been removed from the exhibits, the zoo stated, according to the Virginia-Pilot. It is still unclear how they were infected.

“As of today, both Stubbey and Osceola are in good spirits,” officials wrote in a statement.

This is not the first case of tigers catching COVID. At the start of the pandemic, a New York zoo had the same issue.


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Story via Katherine Hafner with the Virginia-Pilot